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Left Coast Hop JuiceLeft Coast Hop Juice

Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
At Left Coast Brewing Co. we pride ourselves on being one of the pioneers of Double IPA style craft beer. This hop monster uses Premium American 2– Row and a touch of light crystal malt to create a solid malt foundation. Five different Hop Varieties are used in the Hop Juice. It spends two weeks dry hopping in fermenter contributing to its great hop aroma. Starts out sweet and finishes with the crisp bitterness of a Double IPA. This drinkable blend will have you HOPPING till nights end.

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Photo of Kasabear
4/5  rDev +12%

A . Golden poured into pint glass. Nice head.


T. Nice hops , mild citrus . Can taste alcohol just a bit .

M. Smooth and drinkable.

O. Very good . 9.7 alcohol is what the bottle says. I think that's is true for sure .

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Photo of DoktorEd
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Poured into a standard English Pub Glass. Color was a slightly cloudy dark amber with a thin head about a quarter inch thick, dissipated quickly.

Fragrant, fruity smell. Strong but not overbearing on the hoppiness.

Flavor was nice and balanced, slightly syrupy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Tastes like it smells, not incredibly bitter but with the typical slight tart that comes with IPA. I found this IPA to be one of the more drinkable that I've had. I'd probably get this one again, as I found it to be very middle-of-the-road; just right.

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Photo of KineticKill
3.5/5  rDev -2%

A- Like a clear, solid gold bar. Color stays consistent throughout, with no sediment in sight. Very appealing and refreshing to look at.

S- Not the strongest smelling double IPA, honestly. Hops are the only thing that I smell. I like hops A LOT, so this isn't a bad thing to me, but judge accordingly.

T- Exactly like it looks and smells. Hops. I taste only hops. No citrus, no pine, no malt. Just hops. Has a lingering bitterness that kind of requires you to keep drinking it to taste good.

M- Very light for a 9% DIPA. Borderline lager mouth-feel. Tastes more carbonated than it looks, which is another anomaly in the DIPA category.

O- Not bad, for a Wednesday night grab at Winco while grocery shopping. This was pretty much what I expected with a name like Hop Juice. I liked it enough, but it is too run-of-the-mill to consider it a favorite in the category of DIPAs. I'd say it has one great strength: if you enjoy hops enough, this one can be very refreshing on a hot summer day. I hope Left Coast is around for a good, long while, but try the Asylum Tripel before the Hop Juice to get a better idea of what they're capable of.

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Photo of superspak
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy deep orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of citrus/pine hops and dark malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, citrus peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, floral, grass, caramel, honey, bread, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Good complexity of citrus/pine hops with balanced dark malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fairly solid DIPA. Well balanced citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. I felt this was far too malty for the style, but fairly enjoyable overall.

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Photo of Strix
2.77/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden, big initial head that vanishes leaving a hint of lace.

Sweet malt, hint of pine, not really the hop blast I was expecting.

Sweet maltiness, booze (bourbon?), hint of pine, buttery note.

Smooth, slightly viscous, low carbonation.

A really unusual DIPA. Quite boozy and not full of hop flavor really. Missed the mark for me.

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Photo of tone77
2.89/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is minty, piney, lots of hops. Taste is bitter, bold, alcohol, pine, a medicinal aftertaste. Some malts, just kind of a mess, and a tough beer to finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a beer that I cannot recommend.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a clear golden hue, with a sticky fine head of pure white that leaves tiny fine lace, and legs as it settles down. Carbonation is extremely fine through the body, which is showing every bit of its 9.7% ABV. Looks pretty heavy and quite impressive.

Nose is disappointing to say the least. For a beer called "Hop Juice" there's a devastating lack of hops. Mostly, it lacks aroma altogether. There's some cached sweetness, muted and flat and fairly neutral. This is laced with a slight pine disinfectant character and something like fresh kitty-litter. Really not very good.

Taste is similarly disappointing. In some sort of ironic impressiveness, it tastes very neutral—for a 9.7% beer to taste so weak, there's something unusual and skilled going into its production. Malt character gives a faint nuttiness that works off what little hop bitterness there is, but there's not a lot of that either. Mostly, it just tastes pretty bland.

Feel has a slight spritz to it which works nicely against the thickness that otherwise constitutes it.

Overall, it's definitely a sub-par DIPA. There are positive things about it, no doubt, but it needs a way more aggressive hop character to live up to its name. The aroma is extremely weak, and the hop flavour on the palate is pedestrian at best. The base is good though—I would believe you could make an awesome DIPA out of the same basic structure.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent dirty yellow with a decent amount if head.

Smells a bit "grainy" - the malts taking a forefront with some undertones floral in nature.

The taste also is chewy and bready, toffee notes on the sweet end. The alcohol adds a little burn to my taste, and the bitterness doesn't make a strong appearance, but has a pine-wood taste to me. To me this tastes like lightly-bittered wort.

My thoughts on this beer was that it has more malt character than bitterness. It's not overly sweet, but tends that way, and the grains are more involved in the taste than I am used to. I would like a little more hops bite.

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Photo of RDBJ
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber- brown-golden pour, dominant piny smell quite bitter with not much malt. The aftertaste is a bit pharmaceutical/chemical I'd buy it again, but it's not a first tier double for me. To b fair, I'd like to try it on tap for the purest assessment.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a tulip, pours a hazy amber, with very little head, but prodigious lacing.

Remarkably reserved, semisweet aroma. Herbal and earthy hops barely make themselves known. Possibly some Wonder bread in the background, though one must strain to detect any graininess.

It's an interesting sub-piney bitterness. No, wait, I've got it: it's cold sake!! Very bitter, and balance comes from a neutral (not sweet) graininess. Scratch that: as it warms, there's a serious candy sugar sweetness. Deep hop flavors dominate, spurred on by a sharp alcohol tang.

Medium-bodied, almost chewy. Well-carbonated, with a slippery alcohol warmth.

A very good double IPA, though not as malty as I like them. It supplies a nice sweetness, but it's missing something I look for in my favorite IIPA's. Can't quite put my finger on it. Nevertheless, I think I'll be buying one more 4-pk. (though none for the cellar).

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Photo of hops202
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a dogfish Spiegelau glass.

Has a dark golden amber look upon first poor. Smell is definitely the best thing about this beer. Lots of floral hops and citrus, some pine. Taste is nothing special and lacks plenty. Not impressed at all.

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Photo of rangerman21
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Gold with a white head

Smell: hoppy, citrus, floral aromas. Smells good.

Taste: Well balanced, hint of booze. Hops at the end don't over power. Complex flavor, that's enjoyable

Mouthfeel: smooth

Overall: Very good IIPA. Nice use of hops without an overpowering bitterness.

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Photo of JayQue
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good, not great, DIPA. Pours an orange/amber color from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Good locking orange/amber color, medium size off white head with good retention and lacing.

Better than average aroma of caramel malt and piney/citrus hops.

Tastes pretty good too. Caramel malt up front and good bitter piney and citrus hoppiness in the finish. Nicely balanced, both flavors are very robust.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich enough for the style.

Wo9rthwhile DIPA, there are at least 10 that I like better, but still a decent representative of the style.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz draft poured into iconic pint glass at Lure's

A-Pours a clear deep golden, slightly amber with white super creamy head with good lacing.

S-Aroma has lots of caramel, plenty of citrus/pine in the hops, but not overpowering.

T-Nice flavor that is a nice balanced mix of caramel malts with plenty of resin/pine/citrus hoppiness.

M-Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lingering bitterness, decent balance.

O-This beer was recommended to me by the bartender. Great DIPA if you like sweet and hoppy.

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Photo of craftbeerbyob
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer had high expectations from the beginning because the store owner said he liked it more than Hop Slam! I said that was a pretty bold statement but am excited to try now. Well, Hop Slam is definitely better but Hop Juice is still a very good beer. I also got the bomber on sale, so for the price & quality, it was a great buy!

Appearance: Not completely clear. Slight cloudiness with a brown tint and little sustained head.

Smell: I love floral IPAs and this had a piney nose. Still smells like an amazing IPA but not floral, just a preference.

Taste: Love the bitterness (extreme IBUs) and lingering flavors. A little maltier than I would like but not a deal breaker.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth and you can tell you are drinking a double IPA. The beer is a little thicker and takes time to drink.

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Photo of ZachKelly
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy bronze color. Thick white head, lingers at about 2 centimeters for the entirety of the time it is in the glass. Steady, slow carbonation.

Smells purely like a hop head's dream. A little bit of malt comes through, but not much.

You can tell it is heavily hopped. Malt sweetness balances things out nicely. Sweetness up front, bitters as it lingers in your mouth.

Bitter and lingering, smooth.

Lives up to the name, "Hop Juice".

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Photo of elmore
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Burnt orange color, slightly darker than the average DIPA. Thin, off white head that recedes quickly with a good deal of lacing. Sweet toffee from the malts and piney hops. Taste similar to smell with a strong malty backbone nicely balanced with bitter piney hops. I tend to like a little less sweet DIPA with more grapefruit hops taste, but I am really enjoying this. Some booziness, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is on the viscous side for the style, carbonation is medium. Overall a very good beer. I am rating it higher than most even though I prefer a slightly less malty, hoppier DIPA.

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Photo of argock
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date evident. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Burnished light amber with 1-finger light beige colored, tightly bubbled head with decent retention but no appreciable lacing.

S: Pine resin is the strongest aroma with grapefruit rind and orange thrown in. There is an herbal, grassy note too. This all blends with an overly caramel malt component, and the characteristics don't work in concert at all. It turns out to be a citrus and pine tinged honey sweet aroma.

T: The flavor is not really any better with way too much sweet maltiness, with a vegetal edge from both graininess and grassy hops, honey, and then pine resin and grapefruit. While it is not astringent, it is not all that enjoyable and is a victim of being a syrupy sweet DIPA. Alcohol character is medium and there is no yeast contribution.

M: Slick and oily with low carbonation but low-moderate dryness, owing to the oversweet nature.

O: Hop Juice was promising in name but short on execution. I think this is probably an old school (like 1997) DIPA that hasn't been updated with today's tastes in mind.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: cloudy, orange with carbonation on the lighter side, less than 1 finger head with almost no retention and minimal lacing.

SMELL: citrus, flowers, caramel and some pepper.

TASTE: surprisingly, the taste did not follow the nose, brief initially sweet caramel then you get a piney hop blast that lingers, the alcohol (9.7%!) was too perceptible for my taste.

PALATE: creamy, medium body, this beer is not highly carbonated.

OVERALL: this is not my favorite DIPA, too boozy and kind of one dimensional, this was not a particularly complex beer just in your face hops and alcohol.

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Amber-orange. Glossy like honey. Great hue gradation bottom to top. Colors are brightened a tad held to light, no big transformation. Dense, slightly murky solid body. Off-white three 1/2 finger head. Decent notable retention. The lacing is memorable as well. Sticky webs cling to glass. Definitely looks like a DIPA.

S-Honey. Caramel malt. Pine. Dried pineapple. Dry mango. Trail mix with apricot bits. Meets the bar of what a great golden-orange DIPA should smell like. Sweet and pungent.

T-Caramel malt. Very piney. More sweet-malt forward than piney. Some bread. Honey. Woodsy, like a popsicle stick. Bitter. Some citrus hiding under the caramel-honey blanket. Stale orange, lemon, old lime. Citrus isn't rancid, but not tasty either. The sweet corn syrupy flavors save the day, even though the sweets are a bit overdosing on the palate. Wow, gets sweeter in a slightly icky way with more sips. Sadly the pine withers with time. Certain things die too quick, other things become sickly and strong. Balance is needed. The booziness keeps me hooked.

M-Average carbonation. Brew is a medium-medium, leaning towards the heavy full body area. Hop Juice feels more like "Hop Syrup". This is a compliment. Chewy & creamy with enough fluidity to be swig-able. But, finishes watery. Like the full shot of thickness can't be fulfilled and ends halfcocked. A slightly oily finish rescues this "thick-then-watery" misstep. Palate is left dried as well, via hops. Tongue is dry then wrapped with a thin oil coat. Refreshing in a non-conventional way. Alkaline aftertaste. Warms nicely, the watery traits evaporate a bit and it sips more thick bodied.

O-Not as hoppy as advertised. Hop Juice should be called "Malt Juice". The malt was so powerful that if not a DIPA lover, the beer will sip like sweet honey cough syrup. I like it though. The sweets need to be more smooth & rounded, which can be achieved if the citrus tastes more fresh and counteracts aforementioned to become a "sweet-fruitful relationship". Instead the hops taste funky and stale, and are not potent enough for a DIPA. More pine flavor is needed. Hop Juice is hopefully a work in progress, the brewers shouldn't stick to the same literal formula. Tweak it. Hop Juice is the epitome of beers I know aren't great, but like for some reason. Affordability and availability of this Imperial style makes this beer slept on in my opinion. A good gateway to DIPA's. Vets will enjoy if not the totality, then something in particular about the beer. A bomber will make you feel good I promise. Cheers to future improvement.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy dark honey to orange in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some golden apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a mottled surface of thin and thick film covering the majority of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith and pine hops with a light amount of dankness. There is a light to moderate aroma of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale and caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith hops and light flavors of pine hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while as well as some light to moderate notes of alcohol.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively crisp with light to moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Not as hoppy as I expected from a beer called "Hop Juice" but still enjoyable. A touch hot from the alcohol which prevents it from being easy to drink.

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Photo of santomark
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip glass

A - Pours a hazy orange, copper color with an off white head, about 1 finger width, fast retention,

S - Very sweet hops, mango, pineapple, apples, oranges, wet grass, mildly piney, mild dank. It's strong point is in the sweetness of the hops.

T - Tastes nothing how it smells at first. Very Very malty up front and even with the finish, nice bitter. The taste is very one dimensional.

M - Medium body, oily, medium carbonation, very boozy at the end.

O - This really was a disappointment. The smell was heavenly, but the taste and aroma are nothing alike. The taste was this very boozy drink. If you like boozy DIPA's, then this is for you. Other than that, this was one dimensional, unbalanced, and for the price, I was expecting more.

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Photo of Stir-the-pot-guy
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A- Has a nice orange/amber appearance, with a slight cloudiness. Poured it into a glass at a 45 degree angle which resulted in no head…little disappointed with that
S- Has a mild hoppy smell…I get a little bit of a tropical fruit note, a malty sweet note, honey, pineapple, and slight toffee
T-Intially I get that malty sweetness….it finishes with a classic hop bitterness but instead of that opening my palette to experience the tastes that I initially smelled I am left being reminded of the 9.7% ABV.
M-With the 9.7%ABV and the slightly cloudy appearance I was expecting a fuller body mouthfeel but it is actually more of a medium at best.
O- This beer has so much potential but it is very disjointed. A suggestion to the brewer….put a bottle date on your IPA's. I have viewed other reviews of this beer and just like the beer they are disjointed but all have the same complaint…how is anyone able to give a fair review if we don't know when the beer was bottled. Maybe this beer is better but the hoppiness has dissipated because it is past its peak. Be that is it may what really falls flat is taste. What you smell is not what you get…what you do get is an expensive 4 pack with a misleading name that is more boozy than brilliant.

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Photo of utfiero
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color- clear medium honey. Slight head.

Aroma- sweet with somewhat floral hoppiness.

Starts sweet, hoppy, and smooth sort of like a light molasses on grapefruit. Hops present throughout the taste, especially in the mid-body. Finishing with a balance between hops and honey. 82 IBUs. Serve cold. As it warms it gets sickly sweet.

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Photo of tanarm
2.19/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours deep amber. OK clarity. Ok head retention.

Smells like hop candy. Sweetness looms behind herbal hops. Boozy alcohol on the nose. Citrusy and piney hops.

Whoa, caramel comes out to play! Prickly alcohol and bitterness, with a long bittersweet finish. Slight metallic finish.

Thick full body. Chewy for sure. Low carbonation.

No date on this bottle so I can't be sure how old it is, but this is tough to drink. Even as an American Barleywine this would be hard to give a good score, but it's closer to that style than anything.

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Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
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